Copter crash raises doubt

Copter crash raises doubt

There are 42 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 1, 2008, titled Copter crash raises doubt. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The two young women whose car crash in Charles County prompted a medevac flight that turned fatal early Sunday had only bruises and pain after the auto accident but no apparent injuries so severe they indicated ...

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Mind your business

Washington, DC

#42 Oct 6, 2008
If you were not on the scene, do not question the decisions made by those crews. Each and every patient flown from a scene, to a trauma center have to meet certain protocols set in place by the state medical director. And also, upon arrival, if the flight crew felt that those particular patients did not warrant a helicopter ride, but rather a ground transport, they could have made that decision not to fly. When the Fire and EMS Dept. requests a medivac during bad weather, it is not uncommon for the helicopters to be "Down due to weather" at which point the critically injured must be transported on the ground. From Waldorf, the closest Trauma center is PG hospital (A 45 minute ground transort on a good day). Sooner or later, it will be someone you know, and care about getting loaded into that chopper, and you will be thankful for this amazing EMS system we are lucky to have in Maryland.
mike- nottingham

Baltimore, MD

#43 Oct 6, 2008
William wrote:
I'm with you, Surf 52. How many times have you seen these birds ferrying patients from inside the beltway only a few miles from the trauma center? I've seen at least 3 over the summer. There must be a lot of these short transports inside both beltways. Use the helicopters when you need to save a life of a critically injured patient, but not when it takes longer to fly than to go by lights & siren! Do we need to move the decision making up a notch to the EMS commander? Or perhaps the on-line trauma physician or aviation medical director?
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Only problem with that argument is that once a Chopper is in the air it does not have to worry about traffic jams blocking the way or ignorant drivers(there are many of them in the CIty) who simply do not yield to an emergency vehicle , siren or no siren. There are many times when emergency vehicles, i.e. fire and police are involved in accidents because other drivers do not yield to them.

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